Wayfarer TV: inside Europe’s tallest hotel, Shangri-La at the Shard in London

31 St Thomas Street, London, England

by James Wilkinson

Halfway through that early morning swim in London’s highest hotel infinity pool, you’ll feel like James Bond as you take in the spectacular views of the City across the River Thames.

Here at the Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard, which is located on levels 34-52 of Renzo Piano’s iconic building opposite Borough Market, you’ll be mesmerised with the views during all experiences in the property, from that 007-style swim to lying in one of the oversized beds to drinking in Gŏng bar and dining at Tīng.

The lowest of the 202 rooms and suites in the property are 125 metres in the air, so you are guaranteed amazing views from every room and it makes for quite the unique stay, because most hotels in this city are located in low-rise buildings.

Alongside the views and fantastic food and beverage experiences on offer, especially at Tīng, where you can expect the highest buffet in the Capital at breakfast and a fantastic modern British menu with Asian influences – loaded-up with locally-sourced ingredients, including some from Borough Market – for lunch and dinner.

Head up to Gŏng before or after dinner for a well-crafted Old Fashioned, Negroni or a small-batch gin Martini, three of the must-have drinks here on any occasion.


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